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With telnet, is it possible to reset password of a CISCO's switch or you have to connect to the console port?

Thanks for response..

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I sure hope not ... that would be terribly insecure. – tomjedrz Oct 9 '09 at 17:02
+1 for it being horribly insecure ! – Antoine Benkemoun Oct 9 '09 at 18:36
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The only method I've ever used is reseting the switch and following the procedure below via console. I don't believe there has ever been a way to do it via telnet. On the other hand snmp security has been quite bad in the past... if you have rw snmp strings that might be an option.

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